McIlroy Voted PGA Player of the Year
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Rory McIlroy has been voted PGA Tour player of the year after winning four times, including his second major championship.
The tour does not release how its players voted on the award, though not even Tiger Woods came close to the kind of year McIlroy had on the PGA Tour this year. He won the Honda Classic, two FedEx Cup playoff events against some of the strongest fields and captured his second major when he won the PGA Championship by eight shots.
McIlroy also won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.
John Huh was voted rookie of the year. He won an opposite-field event in Mexico and was the only rookie to reach the Tour Championship.
AP Source: Giants Offer 2-Year Deal to Scutaro
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say second baseman Marco Scutaro is weighing a two-year contract offer from the San Francisco Giants that includes a vesting option.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because no agreement had been finalized. Scutaro is seeking a three-year deal, one of the people said. The Giants and Scutaro's representatives met Tuesday, and negotiations were considered to be ongoing.
The World Series champions hope to have an idea by the conclusion of this week's winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn., whether Scutaro will accept the offer.
The 37-year-old Scutaro, the NL championship series MVP, batted .362 with three homers and 44 RBIs in 61 games with the Giants after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with the Colorado Rockies.
Teen Players Charged After Beating Linesman to Death
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Richard Nieuwenhuizen was doing what he loved: Watching his son play soccer and helping out his local club by running the touchline as a volunteer linesman.
On Monday, the 41-year-old father's passion for football cost him his life.
Prosecutors announced Tuesday they are charging three players, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old, with manslaughter, assault and public violence for alleged involvement in a vicious attack on Nieuwenhuizen after a youth match between two local clubs, Buitenboys and Nieuw Sloten.
The deadly assault sent shock waves through the soccer-mad Netherlands, with the sports minister, soccer association and coach of the country's most storied club, Ajax, expressing disbelief.
Prosecutors say a group of Nieuw Sloten players surrounded Nieuwenhuizen after the match Sunday, kicking and punching him.
Nieuwenhuizen initially appeared to have recovered from the assault at the club whose fields are squeezed into an industrial neighborhood of Almere, a fast-growing commuter city just outside Amsterdam. He went home and lay down, but returned later to watch another game. It was then that he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.
A day later, with his family surrounding his hospital bed, he died.
Nieuwenhuizen's death came almost exactly a year after a Dutch amateur footballer fatally kicked a 77-year-old supporter following a match.
Amsterdam District Court last week sentenced the player, identified only as Silvester M. in line with Dutch privacy law, to three years imprisonment for kicking the supporter so hard in the chest that his spleen ruptured. He died of his injuries a month later.
Dale Sveum Accidentally Shot by Robin Yount
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum was accidentally hit in the ear with shrapnel while hunting this offseason with Hall of Famer Robin Yount.
The two were hunting quail in Arizona when Yount bagged a bird, but also Sveum.
"The bird was in front of him and I was about 50 yards up on a hill," Sveum said Tuesday at baseball's winter meetings. "He got the bird up and lost track of where I was. He pulled the trigger and was like, 'Uh, oh.' "
Sveum was hit in the back of the right ear by the spray pattern from a six-shot.
"I got drilled with pellets in the back and then one stuck in the ear," he said.
Sveum said there was plenty of blood, but he wasn't worried.